I’ve struggled with acne my entire life. I’ve tried it all: Proactive, SkinID, countless over-the-counter creams, cleansers, and toners. Nothing has worked! Instead of moping, I’ve decided to take my skin destiny in my own hands and use Mother Nature to get a shining, clear face.
Why Thyme? A study from the Society for General Microbiology shows that Thyme is more effective than prescription creams to treat blemishes caused by bacteria. It’s nature’s benzoyl peroxide. (Benzoyl peroxide is a popular ingredient in acne-fighting creams that is designed to dry up blemishes quickly.)
What you will need:
- Dried thyme
- Witch Hazel
- Glass bottle or jar for storage
- Cotton rounds or reusable facial pad
- Eyedropper that fits bottle you choose (optional)
- Funnel (optional, makes pouring easier)
- Strainer (optional)
Where to find these items: Dried thyme can be found online or at health food stores. I bought mine in bulk off Amazon. You can also grow your own and dry it! Witch Hazel is available at most drug and grocery stores. Be sure to buy Witch Hazel without alcohol so it doesn’t over dry your skin. Glass bottles and jars can be found in the cosmetic section at health food stores, online, or at The Container Store.
Creating Your Thyme Witch Hazel Toner
- Sterilize a small jar or bottle by boiling it in water for 10 minutes. Be sure to dry it completely.
- Once your bottle is dry, pour 1 tablespoon of dried thyme using a funnel to ensure you don’t spill.
- Pour 4 tablespoons of alcohol-free Witch Hazel over the top of the Thyme. Shake well.
- Let toner steep for 20 minutes before use. The Witch Hazel will start to look like brown tea.
- Store in a cool, dark place for up to a month.
I recommend letting the Thyme steep in the Witch Hazel for a few days before straining it out to make sure you get the most cleansing power. If you don’t have a strainer — no worries! This is not required. Leaving the Thyme inside the bottle will not have a negative effect.
How To Use Thyme Toner
Use toner once a day. You can use it once in the morning and evening depending on the severity of your blemishes. You can use an eyedropper instead of pouring if that’s your forte. Either way, make sure the cotton round is sufficiently wet before application. Don’t soak the cotton round but don’t be stingy, either.
That’s it! Pretty simple, right?
Please share any of your homemade toner recipes in the comments below. Special thanks to Crunchy Betty for this recipe!